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June 28, 2006

Hello? Who's this?

Follow-up to How MUCH??? from nathanielho :: blog

Its me!!!

It seems the problems never stop. This time my phone number (ending 843) has dissapeared into the sea of unwanted numbers and my 3 phone line has reverted to the old 454 number. So you probably can't text or call me. Hopefully normal service will resume shortly.

New Bill: £280 :S
help?!


June 11, 2006

How MUCH???

Follow-up to In for repair again from nathanielho :: blog

How MUCH?

Heart-attack inducing stuff!

They've buggered up again! Why am I not surprised. And its taking just as long to sort out as the other problems.

They've basically done some creative accounting by charging me for all my free calls. I just hope they don't mark my credit record for not paying for £200 of stuff I'm not even liable for. I hear o2 have this problem too.


June 05, 2006

Free Calls for all?

Writing about web page http://www.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,1-0@2-651865,36-779016@51-756303,0.html

About a month ago I asked my mate Chris if he thought we would ever get to a stage where mobile phone calls would be totally free (0p/min). To which he replied, "Not unless we pay full price for the phones." And I suppose it doesn't look economically viable really.

After reading that article above from Le Monde, one of the contributors mentioned an interesting point. That even mobile phones will be VOIP based and will dynamically switch from WiFi (or WiMax) and mobile networks depending on reception coverage, with GSM obviously being the last resort/backup. Obviously the switching has got to be smooth, and possibly be able to carry the call over from one network to another. This is easier with IP than current 3G/GSM switching. Even now it must take 10–seconds to switch from 3–mobile to O2 on my phone – but IP is better, if you've got a computer on both wired and wireless LAN on the same network, just try unplugging the wired LAN cable, whilst you're downloading, and the computer should automatically switch over to using the wireless. Plug the wired LAN back in, and it switches back to the faster wired LAN. I suppose smart phones like the xDA, Nokia N91 and Sony Ericsson P990 (all of which already have WiFi) could in theory be up to this task. The future is not as far as we think.

Free landline calls are already upon us – I make them all the time. I still think that the hardware market is still lacking in the home VOIP area. No one in their right mind is going to pay £100–300 for a stupid Cisco IP phone, even though "everyone uses them on 24." There are cheaper alternatives now at £35 and WiFi SIP & Skype phones at £80. But what people really need, is a DECT IP system that stands alone, and plugs into the CAT5 network without the need for a PC – that's the only way we're gonna replace PSTN.


May 31, 2006

Yey My phone's back from its holiday

Follow-up to You could see it coming from nathanielho :: blog

5 Weeks later...

I got my phone back from the Carphone Warehouse! I've missed using my own phone. It transpires that it was ready last Monday on the 22nd. But they were calling up my old home number and couldn't get to me. Didn't they think of ringing my mobile number??

Thanks very much to Laura for lending me her spare phone, saving me from that horrid piece of Motorola junk which I had to pay a £100 deposit to borrow from the Carphone Warehouse. With hindsight I should have called 3 to repair my phone instead of the retailer. Cos what 3 do, is send you an instant replacement, coulda saved myself a lot of time. But knowing how 3–mobile work, I might have just saved myself a lot of unnecessary grief!

They've replaced my phone again with a new one. This is the third K608i since September. The fault was incredibly weird this time as well. Unfortunately its SIM–locked again. And this time Chris isn't sure he can unlock newer K608's :(

Update: This phone has got the buggiest excuse of a firmware, its so bad! Keeps crashing. The last one was immaculate... apart from the fact it didn't turn on...


May 11, 2006

You could see it coming

Follow-up to My phone's on holiday for 14 days :( from nathanielho :: blog

My phone is now extending its 2–week holiday by another 2–weeks because it needed to go back to Sony Ericsson world for full rejuvenating repair. You could see this coming, all because it had a stupid 3 logo on it. This means 2 more weeks with that hideous motorola housebrick :S

Bad thing is that, the phone might come back SIM locked again :(


April 24, 2006

My phone's on holiday for 14 days :(

Follow-up to In for repair again from nathanielho :: blog

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

CPW phoned me up to say that they'd need to send my bricked Sony Ericsson K608i away for 2 weeks to get repaired (plus to replace the dreadful joystick). That is horrific news for me, because it means I have to live with that hideous excuse for a phone by Motorola (I won't tell you the model cos I don't want to damage your eyes).

Its a fast phone in terms of its processor and its got a big screen. But the thing will drive you nuts. Its the largest phone I've seen since my dad got his first analog beast in 1992. I think Motorola should do the whole world a favour, and stop making phones. Plague of modern society (them and 3-mobile) The V3 is the only just ok phone cos it looks decent, but even they drive their owners nuts with the menu system and pitiful memory capacity.

Someone please lend me a 3G phone?


April 21, 2006

In for repair again

I'm loving this: being charged for £120 free calls, 50% uptime, and now the phone broke again!

Took it to the Carphone Warehouse again to get it repaired, but this time I came back with a loan phone. Wouldn't call it a phone as such, cos its that Motorola Housebrick. Damn 3 and their stupid SIM cards that only work in 3G phones.

This is why you should NEVER use just a 3-mobile phone. You should always carry another network's phone as a spare cos a 3 phone is always GUARANTEED to break down (this is the second time this year). And then, you should never ever use 3-mobile – this is the reason they're gonna report a loss of £1.5 billion this year :D


Ease up your phone book entries cos I…

I have gone from 2 phones to 1 phone, and now… no phone!

The Sony Ericsson K608i died today :( and for no reason whatsoever.


March 24, 2006

I'm an O2 Wench Boy

O2 are my favourite network because they sent me a free replacement 3G SIM in only 2 days (after I asked for one). And when I call up to get the new SIM card working, their "24hrs" is only 45 minutes in real life. This is a stark contrast to the 70-days acheived by 3-mobile!

I'm now on a little investing course for 3 days. The stock market seems quite interesting! We were assigned a little task during lunch: which was to negotiate 0% Interest Free on Balance transfers on our credit cards. I didn't get that far (especially with a bank), but a 3-min phone call to HSBC yielded a decrease on purchases and transfers from 18.7% to 9.9%. So the moral is, you gotta ask! Barclaycard is next... Otherwise you won't find out. Can't wait to put my 50p portfolio in action!


March 20, 2006

Browsing in Plain Text

I've struggled for 1 week browsing with my Sony Ericsson K608i retarded on 2.5G GPRS 56kbps internet connection. To make matters worse, the normal GSM signal for voice calls is so rubbish here at my sister's flat in SE14 anyway. So I've been having to browse with all images turned off.

A quick call to O2 today, where I pretended to have bought a 3G phone with my contract, spawned a free replacement 3G SIM that should arrive in a weeks time! Unfortunately O2 limit the bandwidth to only 128kbps. Hey! Anything's good. Better milk it whilst data (GPRS and UMTS) is still free on O2!

N.B. This is where Hutchison 3-mobile should take notes. O2 will send me a new SIM in 7-days, unlike last time when 3 took 70-days to get me a working SIM card.


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